America's Most Popular Cat Breeds


Since the Ragdoll is one of the most recognizable cat breeds, it should not be surprising that it has topped the CFA's list of the most popular breeds year after year.

Exotic Shorthair

Exotic Shorthairs are Persian cat hybrids that typically weigh 10 to 12 pounds and score highly on PetFinder's personality rating for being affectionate with their owners, docile, and playful.

Maine Coon

Beloved for their seemingly wild appearance, Maine Coon cats are large—with males growing as large as 18 pounds and females reaching 12 pounds—but aptly nicknamed "the gentle giants."


The Persian cat frequently appears on the CFA's list of the most popular breeds; in fact, it has been a constant there for almost 30 years. 

British Shorthair

The British Shorthair cat breed, one of the oldest in the world, has long been cherished. These cats quite literally have the appearance of royalty because to their thick coat, big face, and limber frame.

American Shorthair

American Shorthair cats have long been a well-liked breed in the U.S., frequently reaching the CFA's list and being kind, playful, and unbelievably adorable as kittens. 

Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold can be identified most easily by the absence of cartilage in its ears because of a naturally occurring dominant gene mutation. 


Speaking of Siamese cats, they continue to be a highly popular breed. The Siamese cat, which has Asian origins, gained popularity in Europe and North America in the 19th century.

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest cat, also known as Norsk skaukatt or Norsk skogskatt, is huge and fluffy so that it may easily adapt to cold climates. 


The Bengal cat is a truly untamed creature. This domestic cat breed, which resembles other wild cats in appearance, is equally beautiful and endearing.